The Longest Day retells the action that erupted on the beaches of Normandy during the D-Day landing. Based on the novel by Cornelius Ryan, this is a veritable who's who of Hollywood, with producer Darryl F Zanuck taking every 'man's man' actor of the time and placing them in all the right heroic roles.
Considering it's almost 40 years old, this is just about the perfect war movie. Strenuously faithful to the actual events of the landing, the movie places no simplistic tags of good and evil on either the Allied or the enemy forces (and thankfully it's a movie in which Germans actually speak in German, and are played by German actors); instead, it merely chronicles two sides struggling for their own ultimate goals, and does so superbly. Just as there is no side to root for, there's no one central character, but a cast of dozens, each with their own story to tell, and told in breathtaking, captivating style.